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Seven Teams from W&M Earn Public Recognition from NCAA
Updated: Sunday 05/07/2014 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary Athletics Department was feted Wednesday by the NCAA for doing things the right way, with seven squads earning Public Recognition awards.  To earn one of these coveted honors, teams had to rank in the top 10% of their sport nationally in the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures a program's success at both graduating athletes and keeping them on a steady path to graduation.

"Our athletic programs strive for greatness in all phases of the student-athlete experience," remarked W&M Athletics Director, Terry Driscoll.  "We pride ourselves in developing the whole student in their time on campus and having seven teams recognized for being among the nation’s elite is rewarding.  William and Mary is a world-class university and our student-athletes compete at the highest level of the NCAA. I think the blending of those to factors allows us to provide a truly unique experience."

W&M's seven teams included field hockey, lacrosse, men's basketball, and both men's and women's teams in golf and tennis.  This is the fourth year in a row that field hockey has been recognized and third for women's golf; while basketball, lacrosse, and men's tennis all earned honors for the second consecutive year.  The Tribe's seven awards for the 2012-13 year is the most in the CAA and most since W&M had eight teams honored in 2006-07.  W&M also ranks fourth nationally among public universities, trailing only Minnesota (12), Cleveland State (8), and Penn State (8).

The NCAA's APR program began in 2004-05, and measures eligibility, retention, and graduation of scholarship athletes.  Teams must maintain an average score of 930 over four years in order to be eligible for NCAA Championships.  In 179 score reports over eight years, 70% of W&M teams (125 of 179) scored 980 or better with 37 perfect scores of 1000 (21%), and no Tribe team has ever scored worse than 956.

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